Trying to get some money’s worth out of a new online Netflix subscription. Mostly watching South Park, but O.D.ed on it briefly. So it’s been Mad Men and 30 Rock over the weekend.
My big problem with Mad Men is that it’s Sad Men. Wussies. The protagonist, Don Draper, isn’t bad. He’s mostly stoic despite the epic backstory. But otherwise…holy crap. Even the WWII vets are whiners. Was the word “metrosexual” in vogue in 1960? I don’t think so. Bleh. This show makes me think I could kick the crap out of a company of Normandy assaulters. In their prime. That doesn’t seem historically accurate.
30 Rock is pretty good. Politically, they’re extremely unfair, which makes them vastly more fair than I expected. Tina Fey is good. And Alec Baldwin…alas…remains a tremendous performer.
Actually, I don’t really mean the “alas”. Talent is not relevant to morality. Richard Wagner was a legendary composer and a malevolent anti-Semite. If I’d seen Pablo Picasso deal with his women I’d have probably broken his hands and become the most hated person in the history of art.
Anyway, I won’t pretend Baldwin isn’t immensely talented just because he’s reprehensible. But he does seem to be trending to become the William Shatner of his generation. His percentage of “ham” is ever-rising, but it’s always entertaining.
Alec Baldwin is an awesome performer. This is the job most folks cite:
Sure. But I found him to be even better in The Edge. Holding your own with Anthony Hopkins can’t be easy. And he matched Sean Connery in The Hunt For Red October. Most impressive of all, he made The Shadow watchable. Not good…but watchable.
Oh yeah. Since I’ve been crushing on Japanese actresses lately, extremely Caucasian acress January Jones deserves actress props for Mad Men. I only knew her as Emma Frost. She was good (meaning HOT!) but the part didn’t ask for Shakespeare.